Most Blacks Would Rather Shoot The Messenger
Is it possible that people are so addicted to skin color that they refuse to acknowledge the most obvious indications that same is wrong? The answer, of course, is yes many are.
A person of color recently ridiculed me because he felt I had lumped him and his family in the category of “having something given to them based on color.” (I apologize for not being able to find his name and his comment which are somewhere on my Facebook page.) He was genuinely offended that mine was a broad statement and, as such, included him in that category. The thing that he didn’t do, however, was condemn the category. He just took exception with my placing him in it.
The other thing that he overlooked is that support of race-based affirmative action results in him, his family, and nearly every other person of color in the category of “being there” because of their skin color juxtaposed with “being there” based on skill. Unless, you’re talking about athletes.
Race- and gender-based affirmative action aren’t based on meritocracy or deservedness. They are based on the theory that populating a landscape with prescribed numbers of certain skin colors and genders makes the landscape “more” complete because all groups are represented. That mentality is wrong on any quantifiable level and suffice it to say that placing people into positions that they are not qualified to succeed in is an alchemy for failure.
There is no pride in being given a seat in a school that a person doesn’t have the academic ability or preparedness to succeed in. There is only the shame of dropping out or the shame of knowing you cannot compete academically with your classmates.[adsanity id=8405 align=alignleft /]I found it interesting that the gentleman was upset because he viewed my comments as lumping him into the category of getting something he hadn’t worked for. Which is precisely the problem with race-based affirmative action. No matter how the proverbial cake is sliced, the person understands they didn’t earn their way in. And if, as the gentleman alleges, he has what he does because he worked for it, he is justified in feeling aggrieved at being lumped into the common category.
However, it is inconceivable to me why he still embraces the very thing that he openly admits unfairly brands him. He like so many others is offended by but refuses to cast off the yoke that pins him there.
Thursday of last week I commented on my Facebook page about what a difference the Country Music Awards were contrasted with awards shows for rap and hip-hop. Apparently Deborah Cotton (https://www.facebook.com/deborah.cotton.39) was offended that I would dare to point out the differences.
She wrote: “Exactly WHO is it that you speak for when you make all of these ‘pointed’ remarks?????? You DO NOT speak for me…you flatter yourself with the amen’s from white Americans and that makes you feel good about yourself….you, Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, and Don Lemon must be related!”
Apparently she was offended because I pointed out, “there were no gang fights, no east coast gonna’ kill west coast, no gratuitous vulgarity, no women in g-strings, and no men walking around with gold chains hanging from their necks with their pants hanging off their [butts].” She was upset because I pointed out that there were no shootings and no threats of violence at the Country Music Awards.
She apparently was insulted because I said, “Rappers and hip-hoppers should take a lesson in propriety and citizenship from country western performers.” Or was it that I said when the music identified with persons of color was that of “Earl ‘Father’ Hines, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughn, Louie Armstrong, The Supremes, The Temptations, etc. there were no east coast – west coast wars.” There certainly wasn’t the level of drugs, guns, and violence in predominantly black enclaves that there is today.
The point should be obvious. If a person of color is offended by my comments pursuant to affirmative action, logic would indicate they understand the stigma attached to same, so why would they still support it? As for Deborah Cotton, what can be said? After all, how dare I speak out against that which portrays rage, misogyny, self-contempt, drugs, alcohol, rape, killing, and unbridled venality as culturally acceptable?
Race-based affirmative action hasn’t helped people – it has rewarded underachievement – as the referenced gentleman, by his own admission, agreed. The elements that hip-hop and rap extol are among the most demeaning and insulting, especially to women. And yet, Cotton attempts to insult me for saying it.
It is the mindset of people like those I referenced that encourages persons of color to reject modernity. Said mindset is also one of the primary causal factors that convinces blacks that regardless of how wrong and/or reprobate the person or their behavior is, if they are dark enough they must be still supported.
Which supports Dr. Karl Menninger, M.D., when he addressed the question of “Whatever Became Of Sin?”[adsanity id=10196 align=alignleft /]
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here